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R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman

hannemnI’m sure by now you’ve all heard the abrupt, unexpected, and tragic news of the passing of one of the most influential metal musicians that ever lived.  Not only was Jeff Hanneman one of the founding members the legendary Slayer, he was a founder of a scene and style that forever changed the landscape of heavy metal as we know it.  With reckless abandon Slayer and he pushed thrash metal into its extremes not only in their taboo subject matter, but also in musical technique.  The speed, the riffs, the brutality, the frantic solos, the chaos, that was pretty much almost all Jeff as he was a stellar guitarist, but as well he was Slayer’s main songwriter.  And like them or not, you can not deny the massive impact of Slayer bringing thrash to unheard of territory had on metal.  Without Jeff and Slayer we’d be lacking that extreme punch that a large portion of metal is revered for.

So, ya, with a heavy heart, as a community, we bid adieu to one of the most iconic and influential members of our community.  He may be gone, but will never, not even for a second, will ever be forgotten.  R.I.P. Jeff.  This SSSSSSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is for you.  I ask that instead of a moment of silence we all embrace a moment of Slayer!  Take the time today to crank some Slayer at the loudest possible volume and headbang like there’s no tomorrow.  That’s how Jeff would have wanted it.  Peace Love and Slayer!!!!!

Press release from the band:

Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.

Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)

Themed Thursday – The Ties That Bind

This week, I am going to explore relationships within heavy metal.  This is about how metal bands are basically tied together like a long list of cousins; some you know and some you don’t.  Each metal band, in its own right, is not very far removed the metal band down the street.  Starting with one of my Top-10 favorite bands, Machine Head, we’ll see how interconnected the metal world is.  Ever heard of 6-degrees to Kevin Bacon?  This is where this Themed Thursday is going.

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